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Providing Work Experience

Employer support for work experience

Almost 400 employers in Guernsey support the work experience programme by offering placements to students every year.

Employers can benefit from taking students on work experience in a number of ways. Take a look at the Employer leaflet which helps you find out more.

pdf icon Employer leaflet [2Mb]

How to get involved with work experience

The GWEx (Guernsey Work Experience) team can guide you through the process and be on hand for any queries you might have.

Contact the Work Experience Team (GWEx)

Labour market information

Helping us provide up to date information

Having up to date information about the labour market and opportunities is crucial to providing effective careers advice and guidance.

Employers can help us with this by providing information such as:

  • size of the workforce
  • skill level of the workforce
  • skill shortages and trends
  • entry requirements
  • job roles available
  • training opportunities available
  • future developments and requirements

 If you would like to update us with this useful information, please Contact us.

Supporting Employability in schools/Post-16

Employability in Schools/Post-16

Employers play a vital role in helping young people develop their employability skills so that they are better prepared to enter the world of work.

The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) Strategy for  Education Services outlines eight benchmarks of good practice for schools/Post-16 to work towards. These include:

1. A Stable Careers Programme
2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
5. Encounters with Employers and Employees
6. Experience of Workplaces
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
8. Personal Guidance

Engagement with employers will be essential in preparing young people and developing good practice in a school/Post-16.

The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond also provides a Framework of learning outcomes for careers, employability and enterprise education as a practical resource for schools/Post-16.

What are Employability Skills?

pdf icon Employability Skills [557kb]

From the student perspective, an employer delivering a session about employability will usually have a greater impact than a teacher.  Schools/Post-16 are keen to work closely with employers to ensure that young people are developing the right skills.

From an employer perspective, helping to raise aspirations and encourage the development of employability skills means that employers will benefit from a more skilled and motivated workforce for the future.

Employers can help out in a number of ways and many employers already support the Work Experience programme through GWEx. Have a look at the Employability Menu which is running at the moment for schools/Post-16 to get an idea of how employers are getting involved.

word icon Employability Menu [2Mb]

Getting involved

If you would like to get involved and support young people, please get in touch. The Employability Menu is unlimited so if you have an idea of what you would like to help out with and deliver, let us know! Even if you don't know what you might like to deliver, but you just want to help out please get in touch too!

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Understanding the curriculum and qualifications

Bailiwick of Guernsey Curriculum

Our system of education is broadly similar to that in England and the other home nations. The Bailiwick of Guernsey curriculum sets out the entitlement to learning for all pupils in our schools. It is designed to give teachers, pupils, parents, employers and the wider community a clear and shared understanding of the knowledge, skills and understanding that young people will gain during their education.

Find out more about the different Key Stages and subjects.

Understanding qualifications and levels

It can get confusing understanding all of the different qualifications and levels. What is a level 3? What is NVQ?

Have a look at pdf icon Qualifications Explained [455kb] to help you find out more about different levels and types of qualifications.